4 December 2013
Censorship— the suppression of ideas and information that are dispersed in a society—is and always has been an idea of controversy throughout history. Censorship is usually set in place to defend against anything that is considered objectionable, harmful or sensitive. Historically, censorship has been a vessel to show power, like how it has been used relating to religion and dictatorships. It occurs in many different contexts like speech, books, music, the press, radio, or the Internet in order to control what information is displayed publically. Although, not all forms of censorship are set in place by a governing body, like self-censorship. In this, individuals limit what they publish in an effort to do many things, like expand the group that reads their material. Censorship can take many forms, through exploring some forms—Internet censorship, self-censorship, and censorship in schools—and looking at the fight against censorship, we can understand what motivates the idea of censorship throughout history. In Internet censorship, a governing body controls what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the Internet. It is widely known that the Internet has a broad range of information, some of which is not appropriate for all audiences. What information that is suitable for an audience is also subjective to the institution putting the censorship in place. “Most other governments filter pornography, hate speech and other information detrimental to a healthy social and political discourse. The Chinese government, however, apparently sees a healthy political discourse itself as harmful information''(Rodrigues). In America, free speech is a regular thing to be expected by all individuals. The idea of free speech is even a part of the country’s constitution. But in some countries, like China, individuals that publish on the Internet have to consider what the governing body allows people to publish. In...
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